While it’s always fun trying new dishes and experimenting with cuisines you haven’t tried, you can’t go wrong with a hearty bowl of pasta. Here are our top five choices for where to satiate your pasta craving in DC and what you need to order.

Ghibellina – Tagliatelle al Ragu

This happening 14th Street joint is best-known for its pizzas, but the pastas are the spot’s true hidden secret. You can’t go wrong with the classic Tagliatelle al Ragu, an upmarket take on spaghetti bolognese topped with salty, delicious grana padano cheese.

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 803-2389

Osteria Morini – Rigatoni with Braised Wild Mushrooms

This palatial, high-end Italian spot overlooking the scenic Anacostia River waterfront is the place to go for classy takes on Italian cuisine. We recommend going for the earthy rigatoni with braised wild mushrooms and rosemary oil, a floral, rustic interpretation of a homey Italian dish.

301 Water St SE #109, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 484-0660

Obelisk  – Tasting Menu

You’ll have one of the best meals in the city at this understated spot in Dupont Circle, which showcases delicious, fresh Italian cuisine. While the menu changes every day, our favorites in the past have included pici, a thick, spaghetti-like pasta, paired with a hearty lamb ragu.

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-1180

Osteria Al Volo – Rigatoni alla Puttanesca

This friendly, casual spot in Adams Morgan is the perfect place to enjoy a gathering with friends. We’d recommend ordering the Rigatoni alla Puttanesca, which blends thick-cut, house-made pasta with a flavorful sauce of olives, capers, anchovies, and tomato.

1790 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 758-0759

Fiola Mare – Risotto al Nero

This luxurious seafood spot on the Georgetown waterfront is the place to go if you’re looking for a high-end meal to cap off your time in DC. You can’t go wrong with the risotto here, which comes with juicy red king prawns, razor clams, and cuttlefish (served with ink for some flair).

3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 628-0065